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Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matc...
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Faceless 2016. A candidate has no name.
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July 30th's ride 5 is SF2G!
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Our one and only one-way ride for the season, from San Francisco down to Mountain View, the "Skyline way". BART to Caltrain. As Kevin has said in previous years for this one: this is gonna be awesome!

The mileage remains at 45 but there will be a whole lot of gentle ups and downs, serving to start getting us ready for our first Great Big Climb next week (the Old La Honda figure-8).

Routes: https://ridewithgps.com/events/22934-w2w-05-sf2g-train-to-train

San Francisco is cool and often foggy wet in the morning so bring a pack-able jacket shell.

South Bay folks: You must catch the first Caltrain to arrive at the start on time - https://goo.gl/maps/5eyHahovyjN2 - Yes, that means 7am before you sleep on the train until Millbrae to transfer to BART.

Bonus route riders: You have a few additional moderate climbs bringing extra views and miles. Some bonus views may be bonus fog. ;)

Rest stops:
(1) Lily's Creperie || Safeway. They have smoothies!
(2) Robert's Market in Woodside. Make this a lunch if desired, or just refresh.

The ride ends in downtown MTV where all sorts of food awaits.

Obligatory Warnings:

You have been provided with a detailed and quality-checked route link, and you are ultimately responsible for not getting lost! We strongly recommend you learn how to load the route onto your phone or bike computer to get live course directions, or use a paper route sheet holder that lets you scan it safely while riding.

You are responsible for riding safely, legally and courteously. Bicycles are vehicles and must follow the rules of the road. Don't blow through STOP signs. Use hand signals, call out when slowing or passing, and try to point out road debris to the riders behind you. Please remember that your actions on these rides reflect on Google, BikeMS and all cyclists.
W2W 05: SF2G Skyline
Sat, July 30, 9:00 AM PDT
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It was open last week, work complete. Regardless there are reasonable ways around.
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This Saturday's ride: Los Gatos Classic.

The Kennedy and Shannon loop. With a new route out and an additional rehydration + donut stop on the way back as we tend to get hot and thirsty out there.

Same 8:45am meet up time with 9am roll out from QD3.
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We didn't have a bad puns category so this will have to do.
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What just happened in Turkey is tragic. The linked to form of response seems common throughout history. Violence against those in power is seen as an opportunity to strategically remove critics and opposition under the cloak of patriotism. I will be impressed if Erdogan and AKP do the right thing rather than use it as opportunistic power grab.

Regardless of role, the US should not to extradite Turkey's laundry list of thought crime offenders.

If history has anything to say about it, expect the coup attempt to fuel conspiracy theories that it was an inside job, regardless of how unrealistic I assume that is.
With three years to go before any further elections and legitimized by the failed coup, Erdogan and the AKP now have free reign to purge their critics and cement an authoritarian regime.
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A donut stop was required at mile 54 on todays hot ride.
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Sadly they were not selling milk shakes anymore.
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_'One delegate from my delegation was even cornered in the women's' bathroom by two female Trump supporters who told her she and the entire Utah delegation "should all die."

Is this a glimpse of what a Trump presidency will look like? The nickname many conservatives have for Trump supporters is the "Brownshirts" - in reference to the Nazi regime's gangsters who threatened and even killed those who wouldn't fall in line behind Hitler.'_
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Maybe not so much Hitler, but more people like Caesar or Bonaparte, who are authoritarian and would crush any opposition. Both would end the Republic. It's not good.
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A first year law school student wrote a complaint about her professor having worn a Black Lives Matter T-shirt during class. The professor’s response is priceless. Scans of the original letters...
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Awesome reply and I'd not seen the site the article is on before. There id some great looking documentary stuff on there. Cheers.
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Life Is Art. I finally got around to pushing the code for my rendition of Conway's Game Of Life on a circle using the +Adafruit Industries LED disc.

I wrote this as a way to enjoy learning about MicroPython, the WiPy, and apa102 (aka DotStar) LED control. Of particular note: Memory consumption and fragmentation are problems in MicroPython. Try not to construct large anythings. You've only got 64KiB ram available. In a high level garbage collected language that rapidly disappears. MemoryError becomes a thing.

Potential follow on ideas:

1) Implementing the same thing on an Trinket Pro (Atmega328P) should be doable. Only 2KiB of ram for the state. Fitting it onto a tiny Trinket (ATtiny85) seems unlikely given only 512 bytes of ram. Perhaps doable without colors to represent age.
2) Adding cycle detection. Visible loops really detract from a life installation. But implementing cycle detection requires ram and my attempts so far have been too slow on the wipy.
3) Mounting this in a box as a proper stand alone art installation.
4) Adding sensors to allow it to respond to its environment or the network to adjust its configuration. I'm really not sure what shape that might take yet. Color sets and brightness are obvious things to control. But switching layouts or even the cell life and death parameters of the algorithm should be on the table. But most sets of values produce boring results.

The life algorithm itself outside of a two dimensional grid could also be interesting to explore. This implementation is weird as each cell has a different number of neighbors based on its position on the disc.

An earlier video: https://twitter.com/gpshead/status/680474840176803840
life_circle - MicroPython code for a WiPy to animate Conway's Game Of Life on a circular LED disc.
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"I don't think anyone expects the internet to look anything like a civilization any time soon. I hope the Linux network stack maintainers are not under such an illusion." - http://lwn.net/Articles/691887/
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